The McDaniel Family is dedicated to offering a family-friendly, low-pressure environment for
training Hamilton County area music students of all ages to read and perform music.  We
teach with the philosophy that music is fun, and learning music should be fun, too. Even
someone with no prior experience in music is capable of learning to read music and play an

Private lessons offer a more individualized approach to music instruction as they are tailored
specifically to your skill level.  Music lessons are ten dollars for each scheduled one-half
hour session.  ($40 for a four lesson month; $50 for a five lesson month)  As a weekly
student, you are reserving a regular time slot for instruction.  If you must cancel, please be
considerate of our time and do so one day in advance.  By doing so, we will make an
attempt to reschedule you during a time slot that is not reserved, although that may or may
not work as available.

Private music lessons are a two way commitment.   We commit to teach you to the best of
our ability, reserving your time-slot for lessons.  You commit to practicing and giving your
weekly lesson time equal value with other extra-curricular activities and thus we work
together to make music.
As the old adage goes . . .
Practice makes perfect!

  • Practice your
    assignments.  On the top of
    each assignment in your
    lesson book will be penciled
    the date of your upcoming
    lesson.  These will be your
    practice pieces.

  • Practice at a specific time
    daily.  Set aside a specific
    time each day for rehearsal of
    your lessons in order to
    develop your musical skill and
    stick to it.  Unlike studying for
    tests or exams, music
    practice cannot be crammed
    in at the last minute or the day
    before the lesson. Doing so
    will cause you to be
    discouraged in your music
    and frustrated with your
For the parent of a music student:

  • Encourage Your Child As Much As Possible. Be sure to praise effort as well as accomplishment. Even if your child does not learn as fast as another, in the long run, hard work will
    determine the final result. There is no better way to bring about the hard work than to reward the effort. Try to express interest in what your child is doing, even if you are getting tired
    of hearing that same song over and over again. Encourage your child in every way possible to perform for family and friends in relaxed settings.
  • Avoid Negative Criticism. Most of us respond better to thoughtful, loving help than undirected criticism. If your child seems uncooperative, it may mean that they need more help,
    encouragement, and support. Punishment is usually not a long-term solution.  It will cause them to resent their music.  
  • Make Sure Your Child Knows That You Consider Music a Serious Commitment. Schedule practice time for your child just as regularly as you do Little League or soccer
    practice. See to it that practice sessions are as free as possible from distractions. If they will be practicing in the living room, try to limit access to the living room during your child's
    allotted rehearsal time. If your child has not practiced for some reason, do not cancel lessons. If you find the child's interest in lessons waning, the best thing to do is to discuss the
    problem with us; often, this can be solved with proper stimulation and supervision as we work together as a team.
  • Provide As Much Cultural Enrichment As Possible. The experience of listening to music without the pressure of having to play the notes correctly can add greatly to your child's
    appreciation for music generally and lessons in particular. Introduce your children to the works of the masters by playing the music in your home.
  • Losing interest?  It's very common for kids to begin to temporarily lose interest in their lessons. If they are allowed to quit, they usually regret it in later years.  We firmly believe that,
    while kids say they know what they want, they really don't know exactly what they will be missing by quitting the study of music. We know many adults who kick themselves for having
    quit and now realize the folly of their choice made as children.  Finally, hang in there, it's worth it!  Chances are your children will thank you when they get a little older for encouraging
    them to continue with lessons.
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The effort you put into daily practice at
home will show by the progress that
you make!  The most important thing to
remember about practice is that it's not
the amount of time you spend, but how
well you use the time that counts.
Performing each assigned song daily
should be sufficient time for practice,
although some find that practice time
flows into longer periods as you enjoy
the time playing.  You can learn faster
and easier if you incorporate the
following simple suggestions.

  • Practice without
    distraction and noise. Turn
    off the TV or other
    distractions, creating a quiet
    environment to work.

  • Can you see?  Make sure
    your music is well-lit and able
    to be read.

  • Troubles?  If you are having
    trouble with a specific piece
    of music, count the timing of
    the notes, recite their names,
    then progress to playing.  
    Tackle it in small sections
    until you can play it through
    slowly and correctly.  

  • Have fun!  Learning a new
    piece of music is hard work!
    Reward yourself after a good
    practice session by returning
    to a previous lesson and
    playing a familiar or favorite
    piece just for the fun of it. This
    reinforces your confidence
    and skill.

  • Fix your mistakes. Use
    practice time to work out
    mistakes, not to continually
    repeat them. Making the same
    mistakes again and again
    reinforces them, making them
    much more difficult to
    overcome later.

  • Perform for an audience.  If
    possible, find someone to
    listen to your playing at least
    once a week.  An audience of
    a parent, grandparent or
    spouse will cause you to be
    more aware of your music and
    more accountable to practice.  
    So much can be learned from
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